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Nelson: Legislative Turmoil Delays Deal To Bring Jobs To Florida Space Coast

Florida's Senate race between Republican Governor Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson was neck-and-neck all evening. Photo: Amy Green

Florida's Senate race between Republican Governor Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson was neck-and-neck all evening. Photo: Amy Green

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says turmoil in the Florida Legislature is hindering a deal to bring aerospace manufacturer Blue Origin to the Space Coast.

The deal would include a rocket manufacturing site and launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Brevard County already has offered the aerospace company established by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos an $8 million incentive package.

Nelson says the state is considering a $10 million package, but it is uncertain whether lawmakers will approve it.

“I absolutely beg them to pass that because if they do I think that that is the last sweetener that will bring a whole new rocket industry to east central Florida.”

The Legislature is in a special session on the state budget after failing to reach an agreement earlier this spring.

Blue Origin also has considered setting up shop Georgia and North Carolina.


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Amy Green covers the environment for 90.7 News. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a regular contributor for NPR, PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and many other top news organizations. Her in-progress book on the Everglades is under contract with Johns ... Read Full Bio »

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